Why It’s Important to Recognize Crises Are Not Insurmountable

No matter who you are in life, it is likely that you will have to face a few challenges. Whether it’s the loss of a job, a loved one, or a significant relationship; a debilitating accident or a host of other challenges, these crises typically become the center of your life. They make it difficult to focus on anything else, and often take a mental, and sometimes physical, toll on your life. However, it is possible to overcome any challenge in life, no matter how severe. If you are facing your own personal crisis, it is important to take small steps toward moving forward, which can help you whether life’s challenges in the future as well. 

Build Relationships

One of the keys to being resilient is to have a good support system at hand. The American Psychological Association outlines keys to building your own resilience. The post states, “Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations, or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope.” Having a good network in place can help you weather a crisis, whether you are asking people to help you with everyday tasks while you’re moving through your grief, or you are helping others to put your own crisis into perspective. Reaching out to others is a necessary component of working through hardships in your life.   

Keep It In Perspective

When you’re going through an extremely difficult time, it is easy to lose focus on other aspects of life – especially when you feel like the world around you has stopped. However, it’s unlikely that your current crisis will be impacting you with its full force years down the road. Taking time to reflect on your future self may help you put things into perspective. This principle is excellent for every day decisions like saving money and exercising, and it applies in times of crisis as well. The Red Cross routinely aids people who have been through life altering disasters. The organization recently posted a blog titled, “10 Ways to Build Resilience.” One of the steps states, “You can’t change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better. Note any subtle ways in which you might already feel somewhat better as you deal with difficult situations.”    Be Optimistic

Having a positive attitude on a daily basis can make it easier to be more optimistic during times of crisis. It can also make you more likely to turn a crisis into a growth opportunity and thus emerge stronger. In a 2013 article in The Atlantic titled The Benefits of Optimism Are Real, author Emily Esfahani Smith states, “People who are resilient tend to be more positive and optimistic compared to less-resilient folks; they are better able to regulate their emotions; and they are able to maintain their optimism through the most trying circumstances.” Building up a positive outlook while your life is “normal” can help make you more capable of handling a crisis without letting it cripple you. 

There are many things you can do to build up your resilience. Keeping a close network of friends and family, shifting your perspective and keeping a positive attitude can help you weather the darkest of storms. Every person will likely face adversity at some point in time, but it is possible to change the way in which you react to personal crisis. By training yourself to become a more resilient person, you can increase your ability to manage a personal crisis and even come through it as a stronger person.